Dating children research
may be more vulnerable to abuse from a boyfriend, new research suggests.
These girls were more likely to say a boyfriend had verbally or physically abused them: 32 percent did, versus 28 percent of their peers who went through puberty "on time."It's a small difference, said senior researcher Sara Jaffee, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
In addition, prior research has found associations between corporal punishment and problems such as childhood aggression and mental health disorders.
For example, one recent study of more than 8,300 California adults found that a history of being spanked in childhood was linked to a 37 percent raised risk of attempting suicide in adulthood, and 33 percent higher odds for adult drug abuse.
Corporal punishment is communicating to children that violence is an acceptable means of changing behavior.” It’s estimated that about 80 percent of children worldwide are subjected to physical punishment, the study authors said. “Although mounting evidence shows the many detrimental effects of corporal punishment, many parents, much of the general public, and even some schools continue thinking this is an acceptable means to punish misbehavior,” he said. “While we can’t say that spanking causes later violence, it follows that if a kid learns that physical punishment is a way to solve conflict, he/she may carry that over into conflicts with later intimate partners,” said study senior author Jeff Temple.He’s a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.But as much as I love to spend time with my friends and family, just like you do, I’d also like to have friends of the opposite gender, someone who I can go to the movies with, to dance with, to have a drink with,’ ” Fisher says.
Rule #3: Find the right gal The woman you’re looking for should understand that your kids are your priority, says Armin Brott, a columnist for .But the findings do suggest that girls who mature early can be more vulnerable, especially if many of their friends are boys.In this study, the correlation between early maturity and dating violence was stronger when girls said they had a lot of boys in their circle of friends.“Men assume that a mother is less self-oriented and more nurturing and will welcome his children,” Fisher says. Don’t disregard a woman who has never been a mother—she may be wonderful with your kids because there is no one competing for her attention.